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continues on the stump while president obama campaigns in three states today. >>> also keeping an eye on recovering from sandy. >>> plus, tea party favorite and former presidential candidate michele bachmann is fighting for her political life. those details next. you're watching "early today." >> announcer: brought to you by the makers of centrum men and women. have you taken the most complete multi-vitamin today? >>> well, the campaign clock is ticking down, and with just about 120 hours to go until election day, the polls show the candidates are still neck in neck. nbc's tracie pots has all the details for us from washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the latest poll of the battleground states show a slight advantage for president obama, ahead by 6 in iowa, three in wisconsin, and just two, well within the margin of error in new hampshire. but this week he's really been focused on new jersey, touring the storm damage there with governor chris christie, a republican rival who has said repeatedly the president's done a great job responding to the storm. an
are not true. >> president obama also visits the seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio, is must-win state. he will be there every day between now and the election. >> al qaeda as been decimated, osama bin laden is dead. we have made real progress these past four years. >> how will it shakeout on tuesday? >> romney has a 50-50 chance to win the popular vote. it is harder to see him winning the electorial vote. >> a possible split verdict from a nation deeply divided, and anxious to end this very long campaign. >> baltimore city police are investigating a shooting involving a licensed security guard. officers found a man suffering a gunshot wounds at the 500 block of west franklin st. phone 8 econo 25 last night. a preliminary investigation reveals that the victim had been trying to dig into a car when a security guard approached him. a physical confrontation ensued and it ended with the victim being shot with the security guard was not injured. a funeral arrangements are underway now for a u.s. navy seal killed in baltimore. alonso gladden was home on his first day of le
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
women. and another fascinating thing obama gets 43% of the wheat vote, higher than in most states. is it all about the auto bailout, smart move politically? >> it is all about the auto bailout. the chevy cruise which is assembled in ohio has ohio parts. down to the seat covers. and everybody knows that the alternative to the auto bailout would have been 13%, 14% unemployment in that state. chris: is there a national positive for him on the auto front or is it just in a couple of states, wisconsin, obviously michigan, those kind of mi western industrial statse? >> coal being part of the state that's doing well. obviously that message will play better to romney there than to obama. but nevertheless, to back out for a second a look at the economy, generally speaking, you have states important swing states where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. but the recent set of data we see a brightening of consumer attitudes. we see consumer sentiment and surprisingly at a five-year high despite historically high gas prices. despite a lot of the concerns that this is our
he knows are not true. >> president obama will visit 11 states with a focus on ohio. he will be there every day between now and the election making the argument, highlighting higher home prices and victories overseas. >> osama bin laden is dead. we have made real progress the past four years. but the president picked up an endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg it. he said new york is to busy for a presidential visit, but he writes applauding the his record on climate change. how will it all shake out on tuesday? >> i think mitt romney has a 50-50 chance to win the popular vote. i see it as harder to win the electoral vote. >> anxious to end what has been a long the campaign. >> problems of their on area roads this friday morning. it was down 40 is blocked at the memorial bridge due to a water main break repairs are you are diverted to 222 to 95. just skip the diversion and take 95. we have an accident on a mountain road and on the beltway, it reported crash. as you can see, we are looking at a develop -- a delay that develops over toward -- there are some pla
mathematics from obama campaign. it's the state that demograph demographically doesn't fit what they're trying to do everything that they're trying to do in every other swing state is about hispanics and gender. not ohio. the demographic group that mitt romney performs best with is white men. the demographic group he's performing poorly in ohio is white men. auto workers in toledo, akron, northwest part of the state. >> i think the reason for that is a, what rachel mentioned, the fight over union rights. a lot of counties that voted for kasich in the election swung overwhelmingly in favor of the unions in the referendum. secondly again the auto rescue. which makes a big difference in that quadrant you talked about. which is white working-class voters. and governor kasich dissed michigan, which i suppose is what you do when you're governor of ohio. michigan has had one of the biggest drops in unemployment. when obama took office, michigan was a mess because of the auto industry. they've had a huge drop of unemployment. even though they a little bit higher now than michigan. and i was struck tha
, here is why, the numbers, iowa, the small state, sticking with obama, he is up by six in the latest poll, wisconsin, as forth of the obama firewall, romney would like to get it, trailing by three, and look at new hampshire, while the president trails by two, new hampshire looks like the state that will go romney, romney's economic numbers are better than the president, and the president's job approval rating is less than better there. but i'll show you the crucial state ends up sitting here as ohio, if you look at these numbers here. in the road to 270, the missing ingredient is ohio, brian. >> all right, as we'll be discussing, something tells me, tuesday night, chuck todd at the board, as we continue along the way. why visitors to new york won't be able to visit one of the great icons, for quite a while. as our own richard engel found out earlier today. morning star, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lines grow longer, his pain continues to linger. but after a long day of helping others, he gets some helpful advice. just two aleve have the strength to keep back pain
an effect on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker traveling with the president in new hampshire. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't mention the hurricane in his remarks.
weekend of the presidential race and both campaigns will blitz battleground states. president obama and challenger mitt romney are competing for votes. they spent part of their schedules in the battleground state of ohio. both are hoping 11th hour stops will change sway votes which could make or break a bid for the white house. it takes 270 electoral votes to win it all. experts suggest that both candidates are trying to increase their chances of winning on tuesday. >> if the president wins florida, the election is over. ohio, in many respects, is the pivotal state. can romney find path towards the presidency without ohio? i would say that, with wisconsin in play, and that being the home state advantage for ryan, that wisconsin gives an alternative. >> and so both campaigns are expected to crisscross each other this weekend and other swing states like new hampshire, iowa and virginia. >>> maryland voters turned out in record numbers on the final day of early voting. 90,000 voters cast their ballots. the numbers have been huge, eve within the disruption of hurricane sandy. here's tha
, lester. it is really no surprise that president obama is kicking off the weekend here in ohio. this state is really key to his midwest firewall. if mitt romney doesn't win ohio, it is very unlikely that he will hold on to the presidency. according to our latest nbc news "wall street journal" marist poll, president obama has an honest lead here in ohio. let's take a look at the latest numbers. according to our poll, president obama has a six-point lead in the buckeye state, which is unchanged from last month. he's gotten high marks after hurricane sandy with seven in ten voters approving of his handling of the storm and he has a slight edge when it comes to handling the economy. 48% say mr. obama would do a better job compared to 46% who side with romney. on friday, mr. obama made a three-stop blitz here in ohio, staking his closing argument on the auto bailout, which is widely popular here. and which republicans oppose. he also slammed romney for claiming that jeep is shipping jobs to china. it's a claim the romney campaign defends that has been widely discredited. take a listen to what p
more days or four more years. those are the chance at the mitt romney and barack obama rallies before the election. what state they are zeroing in on and why. >> climate change and superstars? are they related? i will have the story coming up. >> you are watching wbal tv 11 news at 5:00 p.m. with don hamilton, your forecast with tom tasselmyer and covering breaking news where you live. wbal tv 11 news at 5:00 p.m. continues now. >> we have breaking news on the new york city marathon. the mayor has decided to cancel their race after criticism. many new yorkers had been complaining it would be insensitive and divert city resources when many are suffering. no word on whether it has been rescheduled. right now, winds of 90 miles an hour and two feet of snow. it certainly created a punch of weather extremes. >> several days later there are more questions about the impact of global warming on our climate. we joined a teleconference with some ocean scientists to find out answers on this. he joins us with more. >> the four hundred year old tree which you see behind me that has been reduced to
disappointed now. the obama campaign is coming back with their own ad in 10 states. according to reuters, this campaign may end up costing more than $6 billion. 1 billion of that went to all the tv ads. you're saying basically $1 billion worth of ads. >> thank you, allie. >> the time is 5:27 and it is 41 degrees at the airport. >> water main break here on york road. it is not the only one in the city causing problems. >> there is no question new jersey was one of the hardest- hit areas. a look at the damage from sky team 11 aead. >> it will stay quiet. would be the seven-day forecast in a few minutes. -- we will give you the seven- day forecast in a few minutes. >> live, local, late breaking. >> welcome back to 11 news today. i am stan stovall. >> it is men and make dinner date. >> can you substitute "go get" for "make." >> if you want to take your wife out, i am sure that would be fine. >> as long as you can substitute some of the words, i am fine. >> 7-eleven has a chair in the corner. let's talk some weather here. it will be chilly. a good day for tracking and staying inside. the weat
morning, everyone. polls show that mitt romney has cut president obama's lead in two key states iowa and wisconsin. president obama returns to the campaign trail today in wisconsin, nevada, as well as colorado. he toured hurricane damage in new jersey wednesday winning the praise of that state's republican governor. mitt romney campaigns today in virginia where the race is still neck and neck. in the meantime, in an audiotape released by a liberal advocacy group, a republican congressional candidate in washington state says he would oppose abortion in cases of rape or incest because it doesn't make the situation better by, quote, putting more violence in a woman's body. also uses the phrase, quote, the rape thing twice in the recording. >>> officials say four people were wounded by gunfire last night outside a halloween party at the university of southern california. two people were detained. campus police say the shooting resulted from a dispute between nonstudents. >>> the drug company is recalling all of its products after federal inspectors say the firm must improve its sterility
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. president obama received a briefing on the storm. >> president obama scrap his campaign plans and flew back to washington to deal with superstorminess sandy. this will be a big and powerful storm. >> state and local officials. >> if you need to evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not pause. do not question. this is a serious storm. >> homeland securities jenna nicole itano looked at all the resources at their command. there are fema supplies in response teams up and down the coast. >> that means moving teams in from other parts of the country that they can immediately get in to help with the recovery and response. >> the advancing storm of battle the towns in new jersey and new york. the stock exchange is also shut down. workers were told to stay home. on the national mall, one person get in one more run before the worst crimes. >> so far, it is not that bad yet. >> they have canceled flights. passengers have been stranded. they have been told to stay inside and stay safe. reporting from washington, sally wbal tv 11 news. >> enough money to fund disaster assistance right now, but the adminis
, president obama and mitt romney continued on the campaign trail today as hurricane sandy heads for the united states. with just 10 days to go until election day, the president greeted supporters in new hampshire today, where he took a swipe at governor romney's promises of big change, saying he's offering a rerun of past g.o.p. poll sills. the obama camp has yet to cancel any stops because of the hurricane, but the president's team says they are keeping a close eye on sandy, just in case the president has to respond to disaster areas. and for mitt romney, well, he joined florida senator marco rubio in pensacola. romney expressed confidence that he'll soon be occupying the white house, telling the crowd of 10,000, "we're going to win this." >> very interesting. all right. back to sandy, which has been the talk for the last couple of days. i tried to vote early today in towson and the same thing, people are trying to get a jump on the storm. >> i ran into people in the parking lot in the store today and they're working on getting everything set up and prepared. i took an awning d
but first the latest on sandy. death toll has risen to 65 people, most here in new york state. 29 lost here. some 6.6 million customers are still without power across the region, and this afternoon president obama heads to new jersey to tour the damage with governor christie. >> here in new york city mayor michael bloomberg says it could be several more days before the subway system is running again, but limited air travel is resuming this morning at jfk international, and at newark airport over in new jersey. the stock exchange is also set to reopen today. those are some hopeful signs, but the challenges are still enormous. let's get right to natalie up in the helicopter over new jersey. natalie? >> reporter: and good morning to you, matt. flying over here and taking a look down at the jersey shoreline it's just absolutely staggering to see what i'm seeing now. you've been talking about the fire that we are over right now in mantoloking, new jersey. this shoreline, as you know, completely devastated. the governor christie saying the shore of his youth is gone. the rides he took his kids on
election day. president obama is foregoing his scheduled events in battleground states to tour the storm damage in new jersey. he returns to the campaign trail thursday, and while partisan attacks have gone largely quiet in the wake of the storm, republican candidate mitt romney is back to drumming up support today at three events in florida. he plans a major rally friday night in ohio to kick off the home stretch of the campaign. >>> the teen who allegedly confessed to killing 10-year-old colorado schoolgirl jessica ridgeway has been charged as an adult with 17 counts, including four murder charges. prosecutors also say 17-year-old austin sigg sexually assaulted jessica ridgeway f.convicted as an adult, he faces life in prison. his defense team is still trying to send the case to juvenile court. >>> nasa has compiled a first ever list of minerals found on another planet. the curiosity rover on mars finds the soil on the red planet remarkably similar to the volcanic sand found in hawaii. this discovery will help scientists figure out if our neighbor in the solar system could once have su
president obama will spend the entire day in ohio but a look at the rest of his campaign schedule makes the buckeye state look like an airline hub for air force one with ohio stops every day through election day. for his part, mitt romney is not only focusing on ohio but hoping to win over wisconsin and looking to broaden the battleground map campaigning in pennsylvania on sunday and visiting new hampshire twice, the smallest swing state that may be edge in mr. romney's direction. in these frenetic final days both candidates are sharpening their closing arguments to voters, mr. obama arguing for another four year. >> after four years as president you know me by now. you may not agree with every decision i've made. you may be frustrated at the pace of change, but you know what i believe. you know where i stand. >> reporter: mr. romney calling himself the agent of change. >> this is no time for small measures. this is time for real change and when i'm elected president on day one we'll bring real change to america! >> reporter: and as the hurricane sandy recovery effort continues, both ca
there. homes barely peeking out of the sand. the rooftops exposed. stately homes devastated, smashed into smith they are reasons. seaside heights, a popular amusement park smashed. when you see what people had to run from. president obama will be here later today. he will be surveying the damage along the jersey shore along with governor chris christie. officers tell me that this bridge will likely not be open until friday at the very earliest. later today they will resume efforts to rescue anyone there on the jersey shore. >>> nbc meteorologist bill karins has your weather channel forecast. bill, we know sandy is a much different storm than it was before. it's still moving. >> the damage is done. what was amazing yesterday is the winds and the weather from kentucky to tennessee all the way up to the great lakes was affected by this hurricane that made landfall in new jersey. unheard of storm. it was such a broad storm. you saw the devastation. the insurance numbers and the cost estimates to the economy is just going to be staggering for a category 1 hurricane. it appears that we'll
jackson in washington where president obama has signed an emergency declaration for the district of columbia along with seven states up the eastern seaboard from maryland, massachusetts, as far west as pennsylvania. government offices have been closed, and most federal employees will not be reporting for work. that does not include emergency personnel. they will have their hands full. the president has promised the governors and mayors that he will work to cut through rotate to make sure that people get help there need -- a need after sandy strikes. the director of fema has been urging people to listen to local officials when it comes to any evacuation orders. >> thank you. you can track hurricane sandy's movements on our radar. you can see the satellite images. find all of that at wbaltv.com. officials are telling maryland residents to prepare for losing power for a while. >> crews are working to restore 700 outages in maryland, including more than 400 of them in baltimore city. more than 100 in baltimore county. officials say more than 3000 workers will be available in the comi
, okay if it is mitt romney he was a republican governor in a state that was highly democratic and he figured out how to get it done. if president obama is re-elected, he's got to worry about his legacy and maybe he will do some things to say let's not just sit here and look at each other with nasty faces. maybe we get something done. >> reare seeing consumer optimism opposed to corporate pessimism. who's right. >> six months ago it was the opposite. i think it will alternate in this muddle-through economy. 2% gdp. we just got that at the end of the week on top of 2.4 in 2010, 2.0 last year. the first three quarters averaging 2.7. the 2% growth we can't get out of the way. >> what about the housing market? it feels like it is doing better, feels like it's on the rebound. how important is that and do you believe we are seeing an improvement in housing? >> i think we are seeing a slow, bumpy recovery in housing. government is trying to do a lot to help. it is part of the reason why the consumer is feeling better. i think housing is key. remember, housing, mortgaging credit almost did us
in the united states, including two in maryland. >> the storm is now heading inland towards pennsylvania. what is the government doing to get a handle on the impact of the storm ? >> president obama has signed two emergency declarations, bringing the number to 11. we can talk about what fema is doing. they're asking dover air force base to open to be a staging event for supplies. the bay bridge is closed down. major roads and rivers are closed down. about 6500 national guard troops being deployed to 11 states. >> hallie jackson, thank you. tried to stay dry this morning. >> 5:28. live team coverage as we continue to track the remnants of sandy. >> an update on trafficpulse 11 is coming up. >> things are winding down and we will take a step-by-step through the afternoon. >> this is it live look at the jones falls. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. and member of maryland residents a waking up in the dark this morning -- a number of maryland residents are waking up in the dark this morning. we have l
tonight in the state of flood, it is all too familiar with the devastation. mitt romney tempered his crimin criticism of president obama, and in fact encouraged his supporters to give what they could. this of course, came a day after selecting supplies at a storm relief event, his campaign hosted in ohio. still, as the cleanup gets closer to where you are in the northeast, governor romney is questioning the federal government's role in disaster relief, last year during a republican primary debate, he argued the state, even the private sector should take the lead in terms of delivering aid. today, romney put out a written statement reaffirming the belief, also vowing that fema would have the resources it needs. one more note, there are polls out and both campaigns say they are in the lead right now. the new polls, the president is clinging to a tight lead in the crucial battlegrounds of ohio, florida, and virginia. >> all right, peter alexander in florida tonight. of course, it was all we were talking about until this storm that stretched over darn near half the country. our political
. at least 70 people in the united states had been killed. more than 6 million households in this is our without power. national guard troops are delivering food and water to residents stranded by flooding. president obama got a bird's eye view of the damage hurricane sandy cost to the new jersey shoreline this afternoon. he was tried by chris christie and quite a bit -- and craig fugate. afterwards, they visited a community shelter and spoke with several residents. the president promised residents that the federal government would not forget them, saying they are there for the long haul. >> we are not going to tolerate red tape. it will not tolerate bureaucracy. i have instituted a 15 minute rule on my team. you return everybody's phone call at the did 50 minutes. >> this is our sixth conversation since the weekend. it is been a great working relationship to make sure that we are doing the jobs people inducted us to do. >> this traffic jam is the result of demand for gasoline after the hurricane. motorists were backed up for miles. it waited -- the wait in some areas is an hour if not l
of these swing states. it's all about the get out the vote message. and the obama team have more contacts on the ground than any other campaign in u.s. history. they've got to use those contacts. they're going to be making phone calls. they're going to be knocking on doors. mitt romney, on the other hand, he doesn't have that ground operation. he subbed it out to the rnc because he hasn't been president for four years. romney will be hoping for this momentum that swept from the first debate, to continue forward and carry him over the finish line. and it's momentum versus the obama ground game. and nobody -- and i mean nobody alive knows how this thing is going to end. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> and you can catch "morning joe" weekdays at 6:00 a.m. on msnbc. now let's get the morning's other top stories from tom at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. there's disturbing news today about that company under investigation in the meningitis outbreak. the food and drug administration says mold and bacteria were found on surfaces inside what were supp
of the few states that just might hold the keys to the white house. it has 13 electoral votes and as of now it seems to be anybody's race. the new "washington post" poll shows president obama in the lead by four points but a fox news poll conducted last week has mitt romney ahead by two. keep in mind both leads are within the margins of error. in the past three elections voters here in virginia have picked the winning candidate so it's clear the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue may run straight through the state of virginia. it wasn't all that long ago that virginia was better known for its civil war battlegrounds than its political ones. for ten straight presidential elections the republican candidate came out on top, but then in 2008, virginia voters went for barack obama. >> virginia! >> it was interesting because he kind of road tde the wave and h swayed a lot of districts that had been traditionally republican. >> while the 2008 vote here closely mirrored the rest of the country, virginia has actually fared better economically. its unemployment rate is below the national average from i
some choice words about president obama. >> his entire strategy is to blame others, starting with my brother, of course. >> joe biden return the favor with a swipe at romney in the sunshine state. >> his plans are not sketchy, they are etch a sketchy. >> biden is on the trail today, so is the president, in the west and midwest. mitt romney has to virginia, with that state's governor has asked towns hit hard by sandy to extend some hours for early and absentee voting. >>, the impact of voting on tuesday? >> that is a good question. we spoke with some analysts who say, it should not be a huge distraction. any sort of disruption indicates you'll likely see it more on the local place by place bases, if there are any changes that need to be made because of, for example, power outages. >> many areas further north of us will continue to clean up from sandy. others across the country are offering a helping hand, including here from baltimore. jennifer is live this morning with details of a local group of paramedics heading to new jersey today. >> five members of the baltimore city paramedic
the slamming. jeb bush said choice words about president obama. >> is entire strategy is to blame on others starting with my brother, of course. >> vice president joe biden returned the favor with a swipe at romney in the sunshine state. >> his plans are not sketchy, they are etch-a-sketchy. >> mayor ron may well come out to our region in virginia. they want to extend hours for early absentee voting. >> many states have early voting this year and it is having an impact on the election? >> many people have done this so far, more than 19 million people across the country have cast ballots early and in maryland, the number is close to 193,000 people. that is more than double the people who voted in early voting for 2010. you are still seeing some big numbers in maryland. >> thank you very much. >> as life gets closer to returning to normal, maryland is sending assistance up north to help those hit harder by hurricane sandy. >> good morning, about five baltimore city paramedics make up half of a 10-member team getting ready to head to new jersey. they will be helping out with some overwhelmed f
of us. >> four years ago, then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. but now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> while early voting is underway in several states, the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns into disarray. governor romney and paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and turn their attention to ohio, the state that's looking more and more like a clincher. lady liberty is celebrating a birthday today, her 126th. >> and officials hope sandy will not crash her reopening party, after being closed for renovations since 2011. ♪ ♪ we were skipping stones ♪ and letting go ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola b
will die if the president barack obama wins a second election. your opinion? thank you. >> i'm not a political guy. don't care for that question. marathon, i like. let's go to rob in florida. rob. >> caller: jim, a florida state happy halloween. booyah! >> caller: my stock is ssys. >> yeah, you know, we looked at this company before. it's digital manufacturing. i am not going to opine on it. i've got to do more work on it. i'm not fresh enough on it. i promise you, i'll get back. matt in new york. matt? >> caller: yes. hi, jim, i want to give you a big boo-yah from up state new york. i appreciate you very much. nye capital management. >> this is tough because mike farrell is no longer at the helm, but they assure me that the group that are running it now are excellent, that's after i said i'm a little nervous because mike is not there. mike unfortunately passed away. but the team is a good one. no need to sell. no need to sell. let's go to greg in mississippi. greg? >> caller: thank you for taking my call, mr. cramer. quick question, nordic american tanker, nat. >> you can't
. >> if we are talking about an election that comes down to a state or two that decides the electoral college, we are likely to see every aspect of the voting and registration system taken on by the parties. >> it's one of several scenarios facing president obama and grand rapids. >> you could have romney winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote. >> 270 electoral votes are needed to clinch the presidency but in another hypothetical, george condon says both candidates could fall short. >> if you have the right combination of states breaking, you could have an electoral vote tie of 269-269. >> that would leave the decision up to conditioning. >> we start pushing into relatively unknown territory of the house of representatives the president. >> if the house keeps its republican majority, mitt romney be favored to win the white house but the senate elects the vice president and if that stays in democrats' hands, joe paterno -- jacoby brissett would probably be their pick. a romney-biden administration? most say it's unlikely but not out of the realm of possibility. >> new york mayo
this >> reporter: president awoke monday in orlando for what was supposed to be a one-day three-state blitz alongside former president clinton. instead, he and aides called an audible and they headed back to washington to focus on the storm. at the midday briefing mr. obama insisted the campaign was not on his mind. >> i'm worried about the impact on families, and i'm worried about the impact on our first responders. i'm worried about the impact on our economy and on transportation. you know, the election will take care of itself next week. >> reporter: meanwhile, for much of monday mitt romney tried to walk a fine line, balancing campaigning in ohio and iowa with compassion for storm victims. in ohio he appealed for americans to put politics aside. >> we've faced these kind of challenges before, and as we have, as soon as americans come together, and this looks like another time when we need to come together, all across the country, even here in ohio. >> reporter: still, romney did not entirely abandon politics. >> the people of the entire nation are counting on ohio because my guess is --
's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting sechbl states between now and election day with the closeness on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week he said they were too busy to have a presidential visit. >>> tracie pots for us in washington. thank you. >>> more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for the legitimate rape comments. now he's got an ad with two women talking about of all things rape. >> my name is kelly, i'm a full-time student, a mother. i'm a woman who had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. >> the reason that i'm voting for todd and i'm so proud of him is that he defensds the unborn. >> paul ryan has been busy on the stump trying to shore up swing state voters while saying just how tough he and romney really are. >> we can't keep doing this. look, mitt romney and i can handle what
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